It is really important as Filipinos to showcase our artistry and our craft, and we can start that by recognizing the works of our fellow Filipinos.
Aside from buying Filipino-made products, it is much better that big companies start to recognize these products made by fellow Filipinos. This approach hits two birds with one stone: it gives recognition to the artistry of Filipinos, and it also empowers Filipinos to have a better and sustainable livelihood.
One of the weavers, Rosemarie dela Pena, is among the many Filipinos who trained on the art of weaving, and is making a good livelihood out of it. “Bago kami gumawa ng isang project, tinuturuan kami sa community naming para pag-aralan ito,” dela Pena said, who said their working place for their projects is well-organized.
Ever since they have been trained, dela Pena has been very happy that she is now providing a good livelihood for her family and at the same time her products are being seen everywhere, now including homes and residences due to the partnership of social entrepreneur company Rags2Riches and Avida Land.
“Kahit sa bahay ka lang, may ginagawa ka, at kumikita ka pa rin”, dela Pena said. “[At] masaya din kami dahil tinatangkilik yun mga gawa namin,” she adds, referring to their works now being showcased as home accessory products.
“Lumalawak at lumalawak ang aming mga produkto, at nakikita namin yun, kaya masaya,” dela Pena exclaimed with glee.
Rags2Riches president and co-founder Reese Fernandez-Ruiz and Avida Land Corporate Marketing Head Tess Tatco
In addition, Rags2Riches president and co-founder Reese Fernandez-Ruiz, who is helping out the weavers, is proud of their works. “The artisans are amazing, and we want to spread the good news of what they can make,” Fernandez-Ruiz said.
“Going home and you know that things are born out of hard work, that alone is inspiring enough,” Avida Land Corporate Marketing Head Tess Tatco said, expressing her appreciation that locally-made home accessories will be seen in homes soon.
Here are some photos of the home accessory products weavers like dela Pena make, and can be seen in homes pretty soon:
Yes, Filipino products look this good, so let’s support the hard work of our fellow Filipinos by showcasing their artistry.